Last month we enjoyed a lovely weekend break at Bluestone Resort in Wales, and we had such a great time. It was our second time at Bluestone after our first visit in May 2017, which you can read more about here. It’s a fantastic place with so much to do for families, here’s a little more about our holiday…
Bluestone National Park Resort
If you haven’t heard of Bluestone before, it’s a holiday park on the stunning Pembrokeshire coast. Bluestone is all about family fun with loads of fun activities to get involved in. There’s also plenty to do outside the resort with lots of beautiful beaches just a few minutes drive away.
“Bluestone, Wales is for anyone who needs a little more freedom from their break; for kids who want their imagination sparked; for families who want a real escape. We believe in sandy toes, skipping pebbles, splashing puddles and capturing bugs – all before bedtime. At Bluestone, escaping into the forest is a necessity and there’s always a place at the campfire for a new friend.”
Last time we visited Bluestone we stayed in a Tenby style lodge, this time we stayed in a Gateholm lodge which had a very different layout. The Gateholm is a detached, two storey lodge with upside down living, so as you walk in, the bedrooms and main bathroom are downstairs. Our lodge had three bedrooms, one double with en suite and two twin rooms.
Upstairs is the main living area which is open plan with lounge, kitchen and dining areas. Everything is modern and clean and we felt very much at home there. Our lodge was equipped with everything that we needed during our stay. If you have a baby or toddler you can rest assured that your lodge will have everything you need for them, including cot, high chair and stair gate.
Things to do
At Bluestone you can book and pay for additional activities such as tree climbing, zip wire, kayaking, rock climbing, Sky Trail and more.
“Whether you climb trees in the Steep Ravine, laugh yourself silly at the Woody Wild Show or relax at the Well Spa – we want you to enjoy every moment of your getaway. Explore everything Bluestone has to offer and decide what Free Range fun you’ll be having during your unforgettable break.”
There’s plenty of free activities too, swimming being the main one. The Blue Lagoon Waterpark is fantastic and my two loved the lazy river, wave pool and water slides. There’s also an area just for children under 5 which I think is a brilliant idea.
Bluestone is surrounded by woodland so we took advantage of the nature trails while we were there. There’s also a playground in the village which my two absolutely loved, they would have spent hours in there if I’d let them!
Bike hire is available at Bluestone which is not only a great way of getting around the park, but it also means that you can explore the nature trails together.
Last time we were at Bluestone we walked everywhere as we didn’t realise just how vast the resort was. The kids were just 4 and 6 at the time and weren’t exactly fans of all the walking, so this time we decided to hire a golf buggy and it made life so much easier. Our lodge was located further away from the main village this time so I am really glad we booked a golf buggy or we would have regretted it.
For golf buggy hire we paid £95 for the weekend, which I do think is expensive but it was a necessity for us.
If you fancy venturing out of the resort there’s a few beaches that you can easily get to. During our last Bluestone break we went to St David’s which is beautiful and I would definitely recommend visiting. Tenby is also well worth a visit, with it’s stunning beach and pretty painted buildings.
Places to eat
As Bluestone lodges have a fully equipped kitchen you can of course cook and eat in if you want to. Or you could have a BBQ, order a pizza from The Oak Tree or pick up some fish and chips.
Or if you fancy going out to eat you’ll find a selection of restaurants in the village. Try The Farmhouse Grill for fresh local meats and fish, The Knights Tafarn for a traditional country pub, Oak Tree for Italian inspired food, Ty Coffi for coffee and sweet treats or The Wildwood Café at the Adventure Centre which is good for light bites and drinks throughout the day.
Tucked away in the woods you will find Camp Smokey which is where Smokey Joe’s Shindig takes place each evening. This is something that needs to be booked in advance and while we did book to go, when we got there we found it was a little overwhelming for Max who struggled with the noise, so we decided to go elsewhere.
We had a fantastic time at Bluestone and would highly recommend it for a UK family break. It’s set in a stunning location, with excellent accommodation and plenty for families to do. I really like that your break can be as relaxed or as action packed as you want it to be.
Bluestone is a five and a half hour drive for us which is the only downside. If you’re considering a holiday at Bluestone but are put off by the long journey I would suggest stopping off somewhere en route. We stayed overnight in Cardiff on the way down and it worked perfectly for us.
Thank you so much to Bluestone for having us, we all had a fantastic time and can’t wait to come back again.
Thank you for reading.
*Disclaimer – Our stay at Bluestone was complimentary, however all opinions are my own*